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NIH Research Training Opportunities for Graduate Students

Visit NIH’s Research Training Opportunities pages for details on how to apply for fellowship grants to help support dissertation activities.

NIH Training Grant Opportunities at UF

Interdisciplinary Training Program in Rehabilitation and Neuromuscular Plasticity,
Mechanism: T32
Program Director:  Krista Vandenborne
Professor and Chair
Department of Physical Therapy

This program is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NCMRR) and was initiated in 2003 to help build a critical mass of well-trained scientists prepared to conduct innovative rehabilitation research. This pre-doctoral training program is unique in that it emphasizes the interaction and joint training of rehabilitation clinicians and basic scientists with a common interest in translational research in neuromuscular plasticity. Trainees are selected from a pool of outstanding students with diverse backgrounds and are admitted by one of three graduate programs: Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences, Rehabilitation Science, or Health and Human Performance.  The Neuromuscular Plasticity Training program (NMPT) is specifically designed to provide pre-doctoral trainees with the foundation and skills needed to become independent investigators and future leaders in rehabilitation.

Interdisciplinary Training in Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration
Mechanism:  T32
Program Director/MPI:  Dawn Bowers and David Vaillancourt
Departments of Clinical & Health Psychology and Applied Physiology & Kinesiology
273- 6152

This T32, funded by NINDS, supports 4 pre-doctoral fellows a year, with a unifying theme on disorders of movement (Parkinson disease, essential tremor, dystonia, touretttes, etc.).   As designed, the program is highly interactive and provides interdisciplinary training across the fields of human movement and cognitive neuroscience, molecular biology and animal models, and translational neuroscience and physiology. The goal of this program is train future investigators whose research focuses on the ABC’s of translational research: aetiology, biomarkers/phenotypes, causative and/or symptom based therapies.  The training program capitalizes on existing strengths at the University of Florida including a group of well-established movement disorders investigators, five excellent graduate programs, five designated Centers of Excellence (Parkinson’s Disease, Dystonia, Ataxia, Huntington’s, Tourettes), and the UF Center for Movement Disorders.

Physical, Cognitive, and Mental Health in Social Context institutional Training Grant
Mechanism: T32
Program Director:  Michael Marsiske
Associate Professor
Department of Clinical and Health Psychology

This program funded by the National Institute of Mental Health was initiated in 2003 and serves to support predoctoral researchers in biobehavioral and social approaches to aging, and to prepare them for settings including traditional disciplinary departments, clinical research environments, and multidisciplinary gerontology programs.  With the co-location and collaboration between UF’s health science and liberal arts campuses, UF is uniquely positioned to offer training in the psychosocial elements of health and disease, behavioral and technological interventions, and mind-body interactions in late life function.

University of Florida Substance Abuse Training Center in Public Health
Mechanism: T32
Program Director:  Linda B. Cottler
Associate Dean for Research & Dean’s Professor
Department of Epidemiology

This T32 training program, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and directed by Linda B. Cottler, will support 4 Pre Docs and 2 Post Docs each year. The core innovative aspect of this new public health oriented T32 is the focus on the epidemiology and prevention of substance use and its consequences and co-morbidities, with a focus on social determinants of health and health inequalities, and the development of behavioral interventions to reduce substance use and its harmful consequences. The program is co-directed by Sara Jo Nixon, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, UF.

To apply, contact Tamara Millay at tmillay@ufl.edu.

Breathing Research and Therapeutics (BREATHE) Training Program
Mechanism: T32
Program Director: Gordon Mitchell
Department of Physical Therapy

This training program was awarded by new National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and will support 3 pre-doctoral and 3 postdoctoral trainees each year.  The research focuses on the respiratory neuromuscular system, emphasizing the discovery of new knowledge and its translation to neuromuscular disorders that compromise breathing and airway defense. Diminished breathing capacity, unstable breathing and/or aspiration pneumonia from inadequate airway defense are hallmarks of many neuromuscular disorders, and respiratory failure is the most common cause of death. However, despite the fundamental importance of breathing and airway defense to the quality and duration of life in patients with degenerative neuromuscular diseases (eg. Muscular Dystrophy, Pompe Disease, ALS) or neural injury (eg. spinal cord injury), no other training programs exist with a similar focus on breathing and airway defense in neuromuscular injury and disease. The ultimate goal of the BREATHE Training Program is to develop a unique cohort of researchers with strong foundations in basic research on respiratory neuromuscular biology, and a strong appreciation for the needs/realities of translational research in our attempts to develop treatments for impaired breathing and/or airway defense.

Translational Science Training to Reduce the Impact to Reduce the Impact of Alcohol on HIV Infection
Mechanism: T32
Program Directors: Robert Cook, Robert Leeman, and Robert Lucero
Professor, Associate Professor, and Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology, Department of Health Education and Behavior, and Department of Nursing

This training program was awarded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to train and mentor the next generation of scientists to address problems related to alcohol and HIV in a region with a large and diverse population that has been impacted severely by the HIV epidemic. The state of Florida currently ranks second in new HIV infections per year and in total HIV/AIDS cases. The training program will be closely integrated with the Southern HIV Alcohol Research Consortium, or SHARC, which is supported by more than $10 million in ongoing National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism funding. The SHARC T32 training program is co-led by Dr. Robert Cook, a professor of epidemiology and medicine at the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions and the UF College of Medicine; Dr. Robert Leeman, an associate professor of health education and behavior at the UF College of Health and Human Performance; and Dr. Robert Lucero, an associate professor of nursing at the UF College of Nursing.

Over the course of the five-year award, the training program will support four predoctoral and two postdoctoral trainees each year. Trainees will receive interdisciplinary exposure and experience across various areas of research, including epidemiology, biostatistics, clinical and health psychology, nursing science, health education and behavior, and medicine. In addition, trainees will gain essential career development skills through participation in workshops and mentoring by faculty members with diverse expertise. Additional goals include ensuring that trainees develop skills in the communication and dissemination of science, receive experience collaborating with multidisciplinary teams, and gain expertise in the ethical issues related to research. The training program will ensure appropriate depth in knowledge regarding alcohol, HIV and three additional focus areas that represent areas of strength in UF research: health behavior intervention science; epidemiology and data science; and cognitive science related to aging.

Indo-US Training in Chronic Non-Communicable Disorders & Diseases Across Lifespan
Mechanism: Fogarty
Program Director:  Linda B. Cottler
Associate Dean for Research & Dean’s Professor
Department of Epidemiology

The Indo-US training program in behavioral health across the lifespan at the University of Florida (UF), funded by the Fogarty International Center (FIC), focuses on three locations in India-Assam, Sikkim and Karnataka. The major collaborators on this training program are the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, Karnataka, Lokopriya Gopinath Bardoloi Regional Institute of Mental Health (LGHRIMH), Tejpur, Assam, and Voluntary Health Association of Sikkim (VHAS), Gangtok, Sikkim.

The goals of this Fogarty program are to reduce the training gap and increase research capacity for CNCDs, and focus on behavioral conditions that receive little attention even though they are increasingly contributing to the burden of disease in India. The program involves a dual mentored (India & US) post-doctoral training in conducting research at the University of Florida and India. Research opportunities would include CNCD’s across the life-span, from children and adolescents, to those affecting the elderly covering a spectrum from basic biology to translational research at societal level. Selected trainees will participate in ongoing research at UF and NIMHANS and initiate independent research.